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#61557 18-May-2010 23:40
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Anyone have any idea what was going on from about 8pm to 9pm (ish) tonight. We has some serious activity going on with some major low level helicopter action. Nothing on any of the local news sites at the moment though,




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  #331680 18-May-2010 23:45
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Was the Heli Black or red?

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  #331688 19-May-2010 00:04
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Iroquois have been up around uni (Albany) all day doing formation work and take-off/landing at Whenuapai as I drove past. Could be related? Then again, Iroquois have a very distinctive sound which I think you would have mentioned.

 
 
 
 


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  #331692 19-May-2010 00:20
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Iroquois were playing in around the city tonight so most likely an extension of that.

I assume it was a very loud thud thud thud type noise as referred to by nickd?

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  #331693 19-May-2010 00:21
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P.S. Iroquois = the Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopters, they are probably doing some counter terrorist type training with Police/STG/CTAG/insert other letters here

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  #331698 19-May-2010 00:33
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a helicopter was hovering over us in mt eden for a while too.... close enough that the doors were all rattling. sounded like an iroquois, but i'm not sure - could have been another bird taht was just damn close. no idea what was going on though




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  #331711 19-May-2010 06:22
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scottjpalmer: P.S. Iroquois = the Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopters, they are probably doing some counter terrorist type training with Police/STG/CTAG/insert other letters here


Yes most likely the SAS training the STG glory boys.




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  #331716 19-May-2010 06:54
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I noticed two blacked out helicopters in the city, hovering over a couple of buildings. Pretty crazy that you can hear them but not find them since they have no lights going.

SAS does do training CT training in the city

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P7DDvRv27M 4:40 onwards.

 
 
 
 


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  #331731 19-May-2010 08:11
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The helicopters were flying over there all afternoon. Couldnt work out the colour though cause of all that thoroughly enjoyable rain (forgot my wet weather gear for my bike)..

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  #331955 19-May-2010 18:55
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helicopter(s) doing their thing again tonight. managed to spot it barely - must have seen the night vision goggles the pilot was wearing.... there were no other visible lights and it was damn hard to see




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  #331958 19-May-2010 19:12
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Preparation for the Rugby World Cup next year? Or to take the ABs away if they fail us again? :-P

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  #331973 19-May-2010 20:22
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They are starting to get annoying now.  Just hovering there making all that damn racket.

And how do other airborne craft see them?  Surely an accident waiting to happen?  Hopefully not over my place...

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  #331977 19-May-2010 20:31
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Satch: They are starting to get annoying now.  Just hovering there making all that damn racket.

And how do other airborne craft see them?  Surely an accident waiting to happen?  Hopefully not over my place...


It's SAS training.

Seen by TCAS if equipped, visually by the pilot, or by notice from ATC. 




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  #331993 19-May-2010 21:43
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Yeah, they where flying over and sweeping low down around auckland uni yesterday and today. Then they where flying round mission bay tonight. No lights on at all apart from a small red one at the rotor.

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